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Upcoming Dangerous Goods Training Classes - 2013

(All Feature Lithium Batteries)
  • January 8, 2013 (Tue) Recurrent Air*
  • February 12-13-14, 2013 (Tue-Wed-Thu) – Initial Air*
  • February 20, 2013 (Wed) – Recurrent Ocean
  • Domestic Cosmetics and Perfume Shippers On-Line Program available 24/7 (Features Special Permit 9275)**

THESE CLASSES ARE FILLING UP – RESERVE NOW!

Best way to signup is through the website - http://www.r-a-specialists.com/vip/training.htm

In-House Training subject to schedule availability.

Our complete 2013 schedule is now posted on this website.

* The initial and recurrent air classes feature the new IATA 54th, 2013 Edition.



IATA Addendum

On December 23rd IATA issued a 17 page addendum to the 54th Edition of the IATA DGR which is effective 1 January 2013. You can download a copy from our website by clicking HERE.


Our Soap Box: Lithium Batteries

We rant and rave and preach about safety in transportation most of the time – this time it’s the economy, stupid (congress)

Source: KXLA.com

If you have been following our Newsletters for quite some time we have been critical of ICAO/IATA/DOT-PHMSA and the lithium battery industry.

The National Transportation Safety Board recently recommended that fire-resistant and fire detection systems be installed on all-cargo type aircraft.

On June 6, 2012 PHMSA responded to the NTSB that on February 14. 2012 Congress limited PHMSA’s ability to address a variety of safety issues for lithium batteries in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 by stipulating that no regulations would be permitted by the FAA or PHMSA that were more stringent than the requirements of ICAO.

The recommendation was based upon three major accidents that appear to be caused by lithium batteries. These accidents were addressed in earlier newsletters. Two of those fires killed the flight crews and destroyed the aircraft in Dubai and off the coast of North Korea. In the third incident in Philadelphia, the crew escaped with minor smoke-inhalation difficulties, but the plane was significantly damaged.

(There was a forth non-fatal fire and crash in the middle-east but we are unable to get the information regarding that incident)

ICAO and later IATA relaxed two Packing Instructions dealing with small lithium ion and lithium metal batteries that will go into effect on 1 January 2013. PHMSA/FAA has not followed up on the NTSB’s recommendation based upon the “cost factor” and the Congressional edict.

You can thank Congress for placing the prohibition in PHMSA’s and the FAA’s attempts to maintain safety in air transportation. We suspect that you can place the blame on the Lithium Battery Lobby for interceding with congress. Once again, flight crews on all-cargo type aircraft are left without any significant life-saving protections.

For many years we have maintained that all lithium batteries should be fully regulated. We witness freight forwarders and shippers hoping to hear those magic words, i.e., “it’s not regulated”. Well, at least ICAO and IATA says they are “not regulated” if the shipper has complied with certain quantity and packing restrictions. It’s just that those “restrictions” are so damn confusing to the average shipper and forwarder and the airline employees have no real way of checking the shipments for safety violations.

Back in 2010 a first officer with an airline suggested that a responsible representative of the battery manufacturer should accompany each bulk shipment of batteries. Hmmmm.

Cargo container 132 seconds after the internal fire
became detectable outside (Photo: NTSB)

Any comments?

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